It’s tempting (not to mention completely understandable) to selectively choose the positive comments and not at all surprising that there are no negative comments to be found among the list quoted. But you should be careful to avoid potentially embarrassing credibility gaps.
First up and top of the list:
I’m very excited about the integrated SVN support, since I rely very much on SVN in my own projects. Having SVN accessible directly in the IDE certainly gives a whole new meaning to the RAD concept.
Don’t get me wrong, SubVersioN (yuck) is great, especially for the price – I use it myself!
I’d even go so far as to say I rely on it. Which is why I, similar to many people who rely on such things I should think, have been very happy with the IDE integration already possible with SVN technology from numerous sources. In my case, an entirely free one – the open source JCL project.
Anyone that is similarly reliant on SVN is I think going to wonder at how someone who claims to be reliant on it hasn’t been making the most of what was already available.
Then there is this:
The Unicode support introduced in version 2010 is a huge benefit, and has already been put to a very good use. The migration was almost effortless, making Delphi the only product we have ever used that allowed switching from non-Unicode to Unicode version in matter of only few days.
Whoops. “Introduced in version 2010”? I am guessing that whoever made this comment isn’t actually doing much REAL Unicode, otherwise they would have been painfully aware that Unicode support was of course introduced in version 2009.
And finally from the “Mind the Credibility Gap” desk:
We are using Delphi for Win32 since 16 bit version, and we can confirm that, Delphi 2011 has the strongest feature set from the history.
A 16-bit version of Delphi for Win32? Neat (presumably we are all currently using a 32-bit version of Delphi for Win64 and just quit complaining about the lack and continued further delays of Win64 support).
In all seriousness, I imagine that English was not the first language of some of the contributors to this list, and I don’t mean to poke fun at them. I merely raise a figurative eyebrow at the people in such a hurry to compile this list that they don’t apply a slightly more rigorous credibility filter to the exercise.
What’s the rush?
What’s the panic?
Feeling a little sensitive and vulnerable perhaps?
We now know that any faint hope that the cross-platform ambitions for this release were being held back for a big reveal after teasing us with a slew of underwhelming feature previews were in vain.
Project Fulcrum has seemingly been re-designated a productivity release to fit in with it’s timeframe at the cost of it’s content.
What was previously in Fulcrum is now designated Pulsar. And we have a new project: Wheelhouse (but is anyone at the wheel?).
Commodore remains unchanged in headline ambition but is unsurprisingly pushed out yet another release, but I have to say that the whole cross-platform/64-bit message is a bit of a mess with mentions in Fulcrum (now referring to cross-platform web), Pulsar AND the new Wheelhouse AND Commodore.
I have to say that after reviewing the new roadmap I wasn’t left with a clear sense of direction and planning, rather my head was spinning.